Art gives hope to devastated Javanese

Indonesian born artist Aris Prabawa, now of Lismore, with a piece of art he will be auctioning off to raise money for his Javanese friends affected by the earthquake earlier this year.

Aris Prabawa was a member of the Taring Padi art collective based in central Java for 10 years, before he fell in love with an Australian girl and made Lismore his home. Earlier this year Aris was shocked to discover the collectives studio, and his friends homes were destroyed in the earthquake that killed over 7000 people and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

To help his devastated friends, Aris held an art exhibition called Peace But Not Surrender at the Goanna Bakery and Caf and sent the proceeds back to his homeland. In and effort to raise further funds, the Goanna Bakery and Caf is now planning a charity art auction and theyre calling for expressions of interest from local artists willing to donate their works.

The art will be hung at the Goanna Bakery for general viewing during the week commencing August 21, and will then be auctioned off at the end of the week.

Despite the tragedy theyve had to endure, Ariss friends from the art collective are not sitting on their laurels. Instead the group is using art therapy to help local children recover from the trauma of the earthquake.

I feel very sad when I think of the homes of my friends that were destroyed by the earthquake, said Aris. I cant imagine what it was like to go through such a terrifying event.

Anyone interested in donating their art should contact Roberta Bassi on 6622 4674 or call the Goanna Bakery on 6622 2629 before 10am or after 3pm.


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